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OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Sounds Good for Spatial Audio



OnePlus LogoWith only a few weeks to OnePlus‘ Cloud 11 event on 7th February, the company has announced that the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 will support Google’s Spatial Audio. The Buds Pro 2 will be one of the first true wireless earbuds to support the 3D audio standard which positions sound sources in a fixed multi-dimensional space.

OnePlus has worked with Google to implement and enhance spatial audio in the Buds Pro 2, taking the feature first introduced in Android 13. Where this differs from previous 3D audio systems is that the sound source can be fixed in space and will stay fixed, even when moving your head. For example, a sound to your right will move to the centre of the sound stage as you turn to the right. This gives a far more immersive multi-layered experience than with the previous generation of 3D sound.

Technically, OnePlus uses an inertial measurement unit (IMU) sensor to track the wearer’s movements and adjust the sound stage as the wearer moves.

As most streaming services and games won’t be delivering Spatial Audio anytime soon, OnePlus has developed a tailor-made up-mixing algorithm that will create multi-dimensional sound from existing apps and music.

Furthermore, considering the compatibility of most audio sources in the market, OnePlus developed a bespoke stereo up-mixing algorithm, creating multi-dimensional sound from mainstream audio and video apps. This will give Buds Pro 2 owners a fantastic experience when listening to their music.

“With Android 13, we added spatial audio functionality with the opportunity for partners to use it within their own devices,” said Erik Kay, VP of Engineering at Android. “With OnePlus integrating this new framework alongside support for Fast Pair and audio switching, we’re looking forward to adding their Buds 2 Pro Series to the Android ecosystem of connected devices that all work better together.”

In addition to Spatial Audio, the Buds Pro 2 will support Android’s Fast Pair and can connect to two Android devices at once, switching swiftly between them without the need to fiddle in Bluetooth settings.

More info as it arrives on OnePlus.


Blubrry Podcasting Introduces Quicklinks



Are you looking for a new way to simplify your podcasting experience? Blubrry Podcasting has recently announced the launch of its exciting new feature, Quicklinks, that promises to allow podcasters to share a simple link to connect to them, their content, and social media. Read on to learn more about this groundbreaking announcement and how it could benefit you. See an example of Blubrry’s Quicklink page at Podcast.show/podcast

1. Overview of Blubrry Podcasting and Quicklinks

Blubrry Podcasting is a full-service podcast hosting platform that provides services such as media hosting, RSS creation, website design, and analytics. Recently, they announced the launch of their new feature, Quicklinks, which allows podcasters to create and share customized URL links for their podcasts easily. Quicklinks are designed to make it simpler to promote the podcast and its episodes on social media, websites, and other platforms.

2. What are Quicklinks, and how do they work?

Quicklinks is a custom URL created by Blubrry Podcasting at Podcast.show that links directly to their podcast content. They make it easier for podcasters to promote their content on various digital platforms. Once podcasters have created a link, when users click it, they are sent directly to the page with the episode and all the relevant subscription & contact information.

3. Benefits of Quicklinks for podcasters

Quicklinks provide several benefits for podcasters, including increased exposure to their content and improved engagement with listeners. With Quicklinks, podcasters can quickly post links to their show on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook and track how many people view the link. This can help them gain more followers and subscribers and build relationships with existing followers.

4. How to set up Quicklinks

Setting up Quicklinks is quick and easy. Podcasters need to log into their Blubrry Podcasting account and go to the “Quicklinks” tab in the show manage tab. From there, they can configure the service by adding social links and organizing subscribe and follow links. Finally, they can copy the link and share it on their website or any other platform.

5. Conclusion: Why podcasters should consider using Quicklinks

Quicklinks are an excellent tool for podcasters looking to promote their content across different digital platforms and increase engagement with listeners. Furthermore, Blubrry Podcasting provides detailed analytics on podcast plays. Quicklinks is an invaluable resource for podcasters looking to expand their reach and gain more followers.

Blubrry Podcasting’s announcement of Quicklinks provides podcasters with the tools they need to boost their reach and engage with listeners in a new way. It’s an exciting development for Blubrry hosting customers and will surely help podcasters grow their shows. With Quicklinks, Blubrry Podcasting continues to be an innovator, providing users with the cutting-edge tools they need to succeed.

See the details at Podcast.show


Degrii Provides New Smart Home Solutions At CES 2023



Degrii, a global leading developer of intelligent and powerful smart home appliances, is excited to unveil its latest product at CES 2023.

Degrii is always dedicated to utilizing advanced technologies on its products to deliver superior quality, high-performances, convenience and sustainable ideas to the consumer. To illustrate the breadth of its latest technological innovations, Degrii is presenting Degrii Wireless Multiroom Thermostat System, Degrii Zima Pro Cordless Robot Pool Cleaner in their lineup.

Degrii Zima Pro Cordless Robotic Pool Cleaner is the world’s first intelligent pool cleaner with an ultrasonic radar, with a superior 5,000 ft radar coverage. The ultrasonic radar technology allows Zima Pro to plan paths, conquer corners, collect debris from any surface such as floor, wall, and waterline, as well as clean all types of pools and surfaces including vinyl, concrete and fiberglass.

With powerful 250W motors and find filters, Zima Pro can absorb and filter dust, rocks, algae, and mineral deposits with ease. It features a built-in purification system to disinfect the pool while cleaning. Moreover, real-time tracking and manual control makes it possible view and control the cleaning process based on user preferences via the Degrii App. The floating battery can last for 3.5 hours of cleaning time and will park alongside the pool wall automatically if the battery is low. Users can lift the Zima Pro during cleaning through the Degrii App with a click.

Degrii Wireless Multiroom Thermostat System consists of Smart Thermostat and Remote Thermostat. One Degrii Smart Thermostat can link up to 12 Remote Thermostat, which can independently control the temperature, solving the issue with uneven heating and cooling in different rooms. The thermostat system connects to the HVAC system to adjust the setting via a schedule setting by user’s preference and algorithm.

Users will have smart control over the heating and cooling via their smartphone with a few taps to create custom schedules, enable geofencing and energy tracker, and more. The thermostat system is designed to be user-friendly and simple to use, for example, users could assign the zone controls with just one action.

Degrii believes this extensive product lineup exemplifies its innovative and intelligent technologies as well as the versatile performance of its latest data-driven products. Be sure to find Degrii at Booth No. 50523, CES 2023 to see these ultimate innovative and impressive products in action!


Microsoft To Acquire 4% Stake In London Stock Exchange Group



Microsoft is to acquire a 4% stake in the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), the company that owns the London Stock Exchange as well as several other businesses including financial market data company Refinitive which LSEG acquired from a Blackstone/Thompson Reuters consortium last year for $27 billion, TechCrunch reported.

According to TechCrunch, Microsoft’s stake, which it bought from the same Blackstone/Thomson Reuters consortium, constitutes part of a bigger 10-year partnership, which includes a contractual commitment for LSEG to spend a minimum of $2.8 billion on cloud computing services. This will involve LSEG migrating its data platform and “other key technology structure” over to Azure, while the Workplace data and analytics product it procured as part of its Refinitiv acquisition last year will be integrated with core Microsoft applications including Teams and the broader Microsoft 365 software site.

Microsoft posted information about this on their website. Microsoft titled it “LSEG and Microsoft launch 10-year strategic partnership for next generation data and analytics and cloud infrastructure solutions; Microsoft to make equity investment in LSEG through acquisition of Shares”.

Strategic partnership highlights include:

New collaboration to architect LSEG’s data infrastructure and build intuitive next-generation productivity, data and analytics and modeling sources with Microsoft Azure, AI, and Microsoft Teams.

Step-change in services for customers across the financial markets value chain, including an enhanced version of LSEG Workspace with seamless Teams communication and Microsoft 365 interoperability with built-in compliance for the first time.

LSEG’s data platform and other key technology infrastructure to migrate to Microsoft’s Azure, enhancing its existing cloud migration strategy.

Microsoft to purchase approximately 4% equity stake in LSEG through the acquisition of shares from the Blackstone/Thompson Reuters Consortium.

It is intended that Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President, Cloud and AI Group, will be appointed as a non-executive director of LSEG in due course subject to receipt of appropriate approvals.

Reuters reported it is the latest sign of deepening ties between financial services providers and a handful of big global cloud companies such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and IBM, which have prompted regulators to scrutinize the ties more closely.

According to Reuters, Microsoft has longstanding links with LSEG, but the exchange group’s Chief Executive David Schwimmer said that about a year ago they began talks on closer ties.

Reuters also reported that regulators have expressed concerns about the over-reliance of financial firms on two few cloud providers, given the disruption this could case across the sector if a provider went down. Reuters stated that the European Union has just approved a law introducing safeguards on cloud providers in financial services, with Britain set to follow suit.

Recently, The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued Microsoft over its Acquisition of Activision Blizzard. While I don’t think that Microsoft’s stake in the London Stock Exchange has anything to do with the Activision Blizzard acquisition, it’s possible the FTC may decide to look into that.


Texas Bans TikTok On Government Devices



Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday ordered state agencies to ban TikTok on government-issued devices, citing security concerns of the app’s data-sharing practices with the Chinese Government, The Guardian reported.

“TikTok harvests vast amounts of data from its users’ devices – including when, where and how they conduct Internet activity – and offers this trove of potentially sensitive information to the Chinese government,” according to one of the letters the governor sent to state agency leaders.

“While TikTok has claimed that it stores US data within the US, the company admitted in a letter to Congress that China-based employees can have access to US data. It has also been reported that ByteDance planned to use TikTok location information to surveil individual American citizens,” it added.

According to The Guardian, the letter also cited China’s 2017 National Intelligence Law, stating that businesses are required to assist China in intelligence work including data sharing. It recounted that TikTok’s algorithm had already censored topics politically sensitive to the Chinese Communist Party, including the Tiananmen Square protests.

Texas isn’t the only state that has become wary of TikTok. The New York Times reported that Indiana’s attorney general on Wednesday sued the Chinese-owned app TikTok for deceiving users about China’s access to their data and for exposing children to mature content, in the first state lawsuits against the popular video service.

According to The New York Times, Todd Rokita, Indiana’s attorney general, claimed that TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, violated state consumer protection laws by failing to disclose the Chinese government’s ability to tap sensitive consumer information. His office said in a separate complaint that TikTok deceived young users and their parents with its age rating of 12-plus in Apple’s and Google’s app stores, when in fact inappropriate sexual and substance-related content can be easily found are are pushed by the company to children using the app.

The Hill reported that both of the lawsuits from Indiana and Texas seek to prevent TikTok from continuing its allegedly deceptive practices and demand civil penalties of up to $5,000 per violation.

Texas and Indiana aren’t the only states who are cracking down on TikTok. The Guardian reported that governor Abbott’s orders follow in the footsteps of Maryland governor Larry Hogan, who on Tuesday also ordered the ban of TikTok and several other China and Russia-based platforms in the state’s executive government branch. Wisconsin’s Republican representatives in Congress on Tuesday called for governor Tony Evers to delete TikTok from all state government devices, calling it a national security threat.

The Verge reported that Republican governors North Dakota and South Dakota have also banned the use of TikTok on governmental devices. The Army, Navy, and Departments of Homeland Security and State have also banned use of the app on government-issued devices.

In short, it appears that several states have started banning TikTok on government devices, and two states have filed lawsuits against TikTok. My advice to content creators who primarily post on TikTok is to find a different platform to post their videos on, just in case TikTok gets banned.


Elon Musk Will Grant “Amnesty” To Banned Accounts Next Week



Elon Musk says Twitter will enact a general amnesty for suspended accounts next week, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood Reporter wrote: The billionaire continued his ad hoc strategy of making policy by Twitter poll, asking users Wednesday, “Should Twitter offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided that they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam?” He did not specify which laws.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a majority (72 percent) of the 3.1 million users voted in favor of the amnesty for blocked accounts, a group that includes former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke, former Trump advisors Steve Bannon and Roger Stone, right wing writer Milo Yiannopoulos, singer Azalea Banks, Pharma bro Martin Shkreli and neo-fascist group the Proud Boys.

Reuters reported last week that Musk reinstated some previously suspended accounts, including U.S. President Donald Trump, satirical website Babylon Bee and comedian Kathy Griffin.

According to Reuters, in October, Musk said Twitter would form a content moderation council “with widely diverse viewpoints.” Musk said no major content decisions or account reinstatements would happen before the council convened.

The Verge reported that the Musk’s decision to reverse years of moderation work at Twitter effectively trashes Musk’s original promise: to create a diverse council that would adjudicate serious moderation decisions.

According to The Verge, the decision to reverse years of moderation work at Twitter effectively trashes Musk’s original promise: to create a diverse council that would help adjudicate serious moderation decisions. Musk backed away from that idea later by blaming “political/social activist groups” for breaking an alleged “deal” – claim that nobody has verified and that advertisers deny.

Reclaim The Net reported that Musk has reinstated a number of accounts, including Donald Trump, The Babylon Bee, Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, Kathy Griffin, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Kanye West. According to Reclaim The Net, the only account Musk has said will not be reinstated is Alex Jones.

The Hill reported the return of suspended accounts heightens concerns about content moderation on the platform, which had already been exacerbated by Musk’s mass layoffs at Twitter earlier this month.

It is unclear to me why Mr. Musk appears to prefer to make decisions based on how Twitter users vote on a poll that he posted. Every poll done through social media can be manipulated with by people who want to push the results one way or another. I think decision making on Twitter should be done by a group of content moderators before changes are made.